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New Mexico Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Civil Asset Forfeiture

The practice of civil asset forfeiture has funneled millions of dollars and property to state and local law enforcement agencies, some of which sent letters to the governor asking her to veto the legislation.

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Justice Department Demands Changes After Investigation Reveals Ferguson Uses Police to Generate Revenue

The report describes a city government that uses its police and courts as an ATM, tolerating a culture of police brutality while pressuring the police chief and court officials to increase traffic enforcement and fees without regard to public safety. More Here.

Video: Justice Department Demands Changes After Investigation Reveals Ferguson Uses Police to Generate Revenue

The report describes a city government that uses its police and courts as an ATM, tolerating a culture of police brutality while pressuring the police chief and court officials to increase traffic enforcement and fees without regard to public safety.

Holder Severely Limits Federal Civil Asset Forfeiture Program

While police can continue to make seizures under their own state laws, the federal program was easy to use and required most of the proceeds from the seizures to go to local and state police departments. Many states require seized proceeds to go into the general fund.

R.I. Police Begin Spending 'Google Money'

Five Rhode Island law enforcement agencies say they're still working out how to spend well over $100 million that's left from a $230 million settlement.

Judge: Nebraska Troopers Must Return $1M To Stripper

The Nebraska State Patrol must return more than $1 million in suspected drug money seized during a traffic stop that belongs to a former stripper, a judge has ruled.

A Financial Weapon To Fight Gangs

MS-13 will now be targeted for the seizure of its criminal assets just like infamous foreign-born criminal organizations such the Yakuza of Japan and Mexican drug trafficking organizations such as Los Zetas.

Calif. Sheriff, Deputy Face $10M Suit Over Seized Horse

A former Carmel woman is claiming that a Putnam County (Calif.) Sheriff's deputy who was president of the Putnam Humane Society confiscated her $35,000 horse in 2006 and sold it to the deputy's sister for $100.

Court Awards Ore. Agency $1M Lottery Ticket

The Medford (Ore.) Police Department won the lottery Wednesday, after an appellate court awarded the agency a $1 million scratcher illegally purchased by a woman in 2005 in an asset forfeiture case.

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Google Pays $230M To R.I. Agencies

Rhode Island law enforcement agencies plan to set up a statewide police training center, build a new headquarters, and replace aging vehicle fleets with a $230 million asset forfeiture windfall from Google.